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The Best High School Movies and TV Shows on Cinemax

Finding a good High School movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best High School movies and TV shows of all time streaming on Cinemax.

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1. Hoop Dreams

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8.3/10
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82/100
Released: 1994Rated: PG-13
Documentary, Drama

What it's about: Every school day, African-American teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee travel 90 minutes each way from inner-city Chicago to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominately white suburban school well-known for the excellence of its basketball program. Gates and Agee dream of NBA stardom, and with the support of their close-knit families, they battle the social and physical obstacles that stand in their way. This acclaimed documentary was shot over the course of five years.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX, Fandor, Cinemax & 1 other) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & Prime Video).

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2. Friday Night Lights

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7.2/10
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79/100
Released: 2004Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: A small, turbulent town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an unhealthy degree. When the star tailback, Boobie Miles, is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant social problems begin to flare up. It is left to the inspiring abilities of new coach Gary Gaines to instill in the other team members -- and, by proxy, the town itself -- a sense of self-respect and honor.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & HBO), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Half Nelson

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7.2/10
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78/100
Released: 2006Rated: R
Drama

What it's about: Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne leads a secret life of addiction that the majority of his students will never know. But things change when a troubled student Drey makes a startling discovery of his secret life, causing a tenuous bond between the two that could either end disastrously or provide a catalyst of hope.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Hoopla, Kanopy & Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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4. Stand and Deliver

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7.3/10
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73/100
Released: 1988Rated: PG
Drama, Biography

What it's about: Jaime Escalante is a mathematics teacher in a school in a hispanic neighbourhood. Convinced that his students have potential, he adopts unconventional teaching methods to try and turn gang members and no-hopers into some of the country's top algebra and calculus students.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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5. Never Back Down

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64/100
Released: 2008Rated: PG-13
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Rebellious Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fight Scene at his new high school, after receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family Jake decides to seek the mentoring of a veteran fighter who trains him for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. The Invisible

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6.2/10
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61/100
Released: 2007Rated: PG-13
Crime, Drama

What it's about: After an attack leaves him in limbo -- invisible to the living and also near death -- a teenager discovers the only person who might be able help him is his attacker.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Get Over It

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5.7/10
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59/100
Released: 2001Rated: PG-13
Comedy, Romance

What it's about: When Berke Landers, a popular high school basketball star, gets dumped by his life-long girlfriend, Allison, he soon begins to lose it. But with the help of his best friend Felix's sister Kelly, he follows his ex into the school's spring musical. Thus ensues a love triangle loosely based upon Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", where Berke is only to find himself getting over Allison and beginning to fall for Kelly.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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8. Wildcats

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56/100
Released: 1986Rated: R
Comedy, Sport

What it's about: Molly is a high school track coach who knows just as much about football as anyone else on the planet. When a football coach's position becomes vacant, she applies for the job, despite snickers from fellow staff members and her former husband.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a subscription service (Cinemax), stream on a popular TV everywhere service (Cinemax) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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